This month, Authentic Grace is devoted to Being Intentional in every area of our lives. No area requires quite as much intention as taking care of our bodies–our health. To be truthful, if you’re not intentional with your health, you’re very likely to just be plain unhealthy. There’s no other way around it.
Health is something you must work at. Unless you are young (ie. 20 or younger), it does not come naturally. Sorry ladies! Our bodies are unable to stay strong, capable of moving well, resistant to disease, and full of life and energy without pushing them toward it. If we neglect our bodies, they will far apart to some degree or another.
Being intentional means you have a purpose and a plan. You have a strategy for accomplishing something and you actively chase after it. You don’t allow the pieces to just fall where they may, hoping that it works out. If you gamble like this with your health, you will lose and that’s not what we want!
Muscles and bones need resistance. Heart and lungs need demand. Every cell requires certain nutrients to function how it’s designed. Your body and soul need planned rest and purposeful rejuvenation. These things rarely happen on their own (I doubt that you’re a chicken-salad-eating-Lumberjack! LOL!) You MUST put out effort to see that your body is tended to.
Nowhere in Scripture is this topic quite as highlighted as in Proverbs. Sadly, the sluggard gets called out frequently. A sluggard is someone who is lazy and idle, seeking comfort above responsibility. Being intentional is not in this portrayal, at all. Unfortunately, we see the warnings of being lazy…“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing…” (Proverbs 13:4a). This brings to my mind a picture of someone lounging on the couch, eating candy, while craving the healthfulness and vitality of the women in her magazines. Ironic?
But, there’s good news, ladies!! The good news is that this particular verse in Proverbs does not end there: “…while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” (Proverbs 13:4b) This gives us HOPE that if we pull our act together, employ discipline, diligence and INTENTION, our souls (and bodies) will flourish! BEAUTIFUL!!
Being healthy takes effort. It requires planning, preparing and DOING. Are you actively pursuing a healthy body? Or are you hoping to that your laziness won’t catch up to you?
YOU CAN DO IT! GRAB A FRIEND, GO FOR A WALK OR A WORKOUT!!
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Megan Dahlman is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Certified Precision Nutrition Coach, and mother of two little boys. She coaches women of all ages toward becoming healthy and fit. She just launched www.strong-mommas.com , a website fully catered toward moms who are looking for a more heavenly perspective in health and fitness. It is loaded with workout and nutrition guidance, helping moms become truly healthy and strong, not just sexy. Megan lives in Aurora with her husband, two boys, horse, dog and chickens. You can follow her on Facebook @strongmommas and Instagram @strong_mommas.